tv Special Report With Bret Baier FOX News July 23, 2012 6:00pm-7:00pm EDT
in terms of the head-to-head air war, obama for america spent $38.2 million on ads in june, more than a million a day. romney, 10.4 million and outspent 4-1. super pax and other interesting interests spent tens of millions more. a new poll says 78% of americans are frustrated by the tone of the political campaigns. 66% say candidates spent more time attacking opponents and by a 20 point margin most say campaigns are uncivil and disrespectful. >> romney plans a tough foreign
policy speech tomorrow in nevada before heading to europe for meetings with leaders in israel and poland. >> more about that trip with the panel. thanks. had he allegedly compared himself to the comic book villain the joker. the suspect in thursday's movie theater massacre made his first court appearance in bizarre fashion. we have the update from colorado. >> with his hair dyed orange, we got a look at james holmes in court, the man accused of killing 12 and injuring 58 stared straight ahead, his eyes blinking, open, then closed and said nothing. he was advised of his rights. >> you're currently held on a no-bond hold. >> formal charges will be filed a week from today and likely include 12 counts of first-degree murder. the decision on whether he'll
face the death penalty is months away. >> victims will be incompetent packeted for years. we want to get their impact before we make a decision. >> after the hearing a attorney for the holmes family spoke from san diego. >> the family wants to reiterate that their hearts go out to the victims and their families. the holmes family would like to maintain their privacy. so at this time, we will not be discussing james or his relationship to his family. >> police say holmes opened fire in a packed theater during a midnight showing of the batman film "the dark knight rises." friends, family and mourners set up a makeshift memorial across the street from the scene. >> innocence. innocence was lost. >> according to authorities, holmes also planned a second scene of carnage with a booby-trapped apartment set to kill whoever opened the door and burn the building down. investigators say they collected enough evidence to prove holmes planned this for months including proof he purchased
ammunition on line. 3,000 rounds of handgun ammunition, assault rifles and shells for a 12-gauge shotgun. >> authorities tell us in the apartment they found a batman poster and mask associated with the series and comic book series. we heard from a gun range owner in the area who says james holmes applied to his gun range and it was an odd application. when he called to confirm, the answering machine left a weird message and he put up a red flag but james holmes never showed up to complete the application process. we're told the first funerals are being planned for friday and over the weekend. >> adam housley live in colorado. thank you. the massacre prompted talk about gun control. dug mckelly explains now it's mostly just talk. >> a moment of silence today and reading of victims' names.
>> jesse chilldress. >> the senate reconvened for the first time since the massacre. calling for calls to restrict high capacity magazines. >> it's big clips, 100 rounds. you cannot get to him to dislodge the gun because he can fire so rapidly and has so many bullets. >> that kind of magazine jammed during the shooting spree. they're notorious for doing so. fatigue on the springs may have spared lives. on capitol hill there's no great rush to join the gun control bandwagon. >> somebody who wants to purposely harm another individual is going to find a method. >> michael bloomberg friday implored the presidential candidates to speak out on their positions on gun control. >> specifically what are they going to do? >> neither has done so. opposition spokesman jay carney
said sunday the president bleaches we need to -- believes we need common sense measures while ensuring those who should not have guns do not get anymore. >> mitt romney's campaign steered clear of politicization and banned some assault weapons sales but eased other gun sales. fox news polls after two earlier mass shootings found nearly three 3/4 of americans didn't think it would stop the carnage. every multiple victim shooting occurred in places where guns were banned reducing chances a licensed gun owner would be armed. >> the bans serve as a mag magnet. >> there's agreement in one as sects, the nra agrees that people found to be mentally ill should be prohibited from owning a firearm. >> thank you very much, doug.
>> penn state university was rocked with unprecedented penalties over the involvement in a child sex abuse scandal. football players and recruits will be allowed to transfer without repercussions. tonight rick leventhal tell us about the long-term devastation to what had been one of the nation's most revered program. >> the day after a 900-pound statute of joe paterno was removed from outside the stadium, the penn state football program took a big hit. the ncaa announced unprecedented penalties against the nittany lions and university for failing to report allegations the former coach sexually abused young boys. a fine equaling the annual revenue of the football program, no bowl games through 2016. a loss of ten scholarships each year and a scrubbing of the
report books vacating every win meaning joe paterno was no longer the winningest coach in college football. >> the actions by the ncaa are warranted by the conspiracy of silence maintained at the highest levels of the university in reckless and callous disregard for the children. >> the big ten conference is censuring the school announcing penn state can't receive bowl revenue, $13 million a year. the penalties less than two weeks after louie free's report accused coach paterno and university officials of concealing allegations against jerry sandusky, convicted of abusing ten boys, some on campus. >> the school president says it won't appeal but the paterno family issued a statement arguing there's no chance for rebuttal saying the sanctions
announced today defame the legacy and contributions of a great coach and educator wrought input from the family or those who new him. this is not a fair or thoughtful action but a panicked response at what sandusky do. penn state's lost bowl money and fine will go to charities and funds dedicated to protecting children and preventing child abuse. >> thank you, rick. more people died in one accident sunday in south texas than in the colorado theater shooting. a pickup truck jampacked with illegal immigrants left the highway and slammed into two large trees not far from the border. at least 14 were killed, 9 injured. the case of missing pictures at democratic party headquarters, a whodunit. syria threatens to use chemical and biological weapons.
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does possess chemical and biological weapons and is prepared to use them. ed henry tells us that ups the ante in a volatile middle east and increasingly difficult election year problem for the president. >> as rebels tried to liberate the largest city, president bashar al-assad conditioned the -- continued the crackdown. assad as government confirmed for the first time it has chemical and biological weapons and threatened to use them if it face as foreign attack. as an emergency meeting of the arab league ended without any real action, israeli prime minister netanyahu warned he may have to take action to secure the weapons of mass destruction. >> we certainly don't want to be exposed to chemical weapons falling in the hands of hezbollah or other terror groups. that's something we can't be indifferent to. it's a great threat.
we have to consider our action. but do i seek action? no. do i preclude it? no. >> the syrian government tried to claim it was not confirming it has the weapon but the obama administration lashed out. >> any talk about any use of a weapon like that in in situation is horrific and chilling. >> the president offered tough talk. >> given the stockpiles of chemical weapons we'll make it clear to assad the world is watching and they'll be held accountable by the international community and the united states should they make the mistake of using those weapons. >> republican senator john mccain ripped him charging the lack of u.s. action is shameful. >> we need to supply weapons, arms and help with the training but not american boots on the ground. other middle eastern countries are begging for american leadership. >> on iran, netanyahu sunday hinted at frustration with the
president saying the threat is still with us four years later. >> this round of talks in the last few months follows a previous round of talks. that hasn't stopped the regime one bit. not an inch. >> mitt romney headed to israel obama slammed his foreign policy credentials. >> mitt romney is not engaged on these issues. instead of offering specifics, he so far talked in platitudes. >> candidate obama visited israel during the last campaign but has not been there at president. his aids today promised he would go if he gets a second term. eric cantor saying it's four years too late. >> thanks, ed. >> iraq's bloodiest day in more than two years left more than 100 dead and 200 wounded. al-qaeda is blamed for attacks in 15 cities. north of bagged, explosions killed 41 people.
south of the capital, two car bombs slaughtered a dozen. spain sent stocks tumbling. this then recovered for a loss of 101-6789 the s&p 500 gave back 12. nasdaq finished 35 behind. peter barnes is here with details. >> good evening. spanish media reports up to six regions of spain may seek financial assistance from the central government sending interest rates on bonds to 7.5% and protesters into the street. that's above the 7% level many investors view as sustainable. that could mean more austerity for spain or a bigger bailout and more risk of a breakup of the eurozone. it means the european debt crisis continues to threaten the u.s. economy. the fact is that markets have been buffeted by lots of uncertainlity about europe and
here at home over fiscal policy and the election making markets volatile for investments and retirement accounts and if could get bumpier according to one research firm. so far in 2012 there have been 34 trading days that the market closed up or down by more than 100 points. last year, there were 104 such trading days. but 68 of them occurred after the president and republicans began to battle over the debt ceiling last august. that's a battle they'll have to fight again later this year along with the election and how to avoid the fiscal clip. with more stimulus from the fed, one analyst predicts the s&p s&0 could jump more than 15% once the dust settles. we think the combination of a central bank response and also looking at the election in november, removing uncertainty overhang, could propel the s&p towards a 1600 towards the end of the year. the u.s. treasury department
announced it's sending a top official to europe as part of the ongoing efforts to press europe to contain the dead crisis. >> still ahead, you may be shocked or outraged over what your tax dollars are paying for instead of food for the needy. there are more needy people now than in decades. the numbers and the reasons. building pass, corporate card, verizon 4g lte phone. the global ready one ? yeah, but you won't need... ♪ hajimemashite. hajimemashite. hajimemashite. you guys like football ? thank you so much. i'm stoked. you stoked ? totally. ... and he says, "under the mattress." souse le matelas. ( laughter )
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republican leaders in the chamber are wary of igniting internal party fights or invoking voters. the house passed more than 30 bills the senate has not touched. delays in raising the federal debt limit cost you $1.3 billion last year. a report from the government accountability office says that is because the spread between government debt and private securities narrowed. a group of 76 house republicans is challenging the obama administration's plan to let states suspend work rules for welfare recipients. the number of americans living in poverty is near the highest in a half century. jim angle looks at what is behind the glug the nation's -- surge. the nation's poverty level is raising as it heads to a 50 year high. the main reason is clear.
>> this is what happens when people don't have work. the percentage of americans actively participating in the workforce is a 27 year 0 low. >> poverty is a question of people having employment at the decent wages. and we have seen that employment is scarce for people who lose their jobs. >> "the associated press" surveyed experts and think tanks and they said the poverty rate will increase just before the election. some 46 million people are now officially considered poor. >> a family of four, that's about $23,000. a fairly low-level of income. >> any increase in the poverty rate would push it to the highest level since 1960. poverty measures do not count about a trillion dollars of year provide today the poor in 80 programs.
>> they don't always make people better off in the cash sense so they still remain low income even though they're getting government support. >> if you did count that, the spending comes to around $10,000 for each low income person. it's an enormous amount of spending and money. >> some $19 trillion have been spent to help the poor since lyndon johnson began a war on poverty. >> we're spending four times at much as need today wipe out all poverty in the united states. what we're lack here today is not welfare spending but jobs and employment. >> no relief is in sight on the jobs front because the economy is headed the other direction. >> you are getting multiple signals that the economy has slowed and is not likely to pick up very soon. you've seen basically a slowdown in employment. >> people are giving up, not looking for work. >> everyone agrees there's no better antipoverty program than jobs but it's the lack of them
that is driving the poverty rate up to historic levels. thank you, jim. airfares are going up. several big airlines matched the united increase for round trips in. u.s. the price hikes would be the fourth this year but the first since late march. the first american woman to fly in space died. sally ride succumbed to pan crete tic cancer. she flew on the shuttle challenger and was the only person to serve on the commission that investigated both fatal shuttle missions. sally ride was 61. the grapevine is next. [ male announcer ] this is rudy.
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now fresh pickings from the "the grapevine." framed photos of house democrats are disappearing from the walls of the party headquarters lobby. but an art thief is not to blame. it's because lawmakers failed to pay do dues to the campaign committee. they've tried to get members to pony up, including threatening perks. last month one-third of the caucus had not paid a dime and more than half behind in dues. republicans on the other hand flooded the committee with
$6 million last month. washington, d.c. based energy provider petco is taking heat for the summer storm response that left hundreds of thousands in the dark several days. "the washington post" reports an official said it was, quote, obviously not reasonable for people to be that upset that they're out of service for a week or more. despite audience members yelling, the official repeated the statement. however 15 minutes later he asked for a mulligan, saying he read the statement uncorrectly twice. pepco is upping rates $2 a month. a georgia woman called 911 to complain about a mugshot. they gave her a chance for do-over after misusing the emergency number. the original is on the left, round two on the right. we report, you decide which one is better. another story about how your tax dollars are being used in ways you might never imagined. eric shawn has a surprising
report about some things you're paying for. >> they're supposed to be for essentials, not covered by food stamps but money from ebit cards has been spent on anything but. >> they buy beer with it, they buy lottery tickets. they've been used in atms in casinos, in liquor stories and we have evidence they've been used in various strip clubs. >> more than ten states passed legislation restricting the use, clamping down on what some lawmakers brand on brazen abuses. in new york, a law proposed to prohibit alcohol, lottery tickets or gambling and restricts where atm withdrawals can be made. >> if you use the program and need to feed your family legally, that's what the program is for.
if you abuse it, we're going to get it. >> it passed with only three votes against it. critics say telling people on public assistance how to spend money restricts their freedom. >> it's not a problem that's so widespread that it needs government to tell people what to buy and where where to cash . it's misdirected resources. >> others say the welfare system is to broken, the new laws won't work. >> you can't enforce it. it's completely completely pointless. these are bans on the use of cash ebt cards. they can get cash and spend it however they want. >> earlier president obama signed a law requiring states to ensure welfare benefits are not misspent. if not, states could lose some federal funding. massive problems with cleanup and repair of the nuclear reactors in japan.
a government appointed panel says the plant operator is dragging its feet in the investigation and understating damage. david cameron chaired a meeting of the olympic crisis committee. there are huge concerns about security, transportation and workers strikes. airport border guards plan a walkout on the eve of the opening ceremony. syria threatens to use chemical weapons adding a new danger to the middle east. we'll talk about it when we come back. man: there's a cattle guard, take a right.
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>> benjamin netanyahu talking about the situation in sarah. let's talk about it with our panel. david drucker for roll call. amy solder, from the hill and charles krauthammer. >> what do you make of netanyahu's words, bold and persuasive. >> he's making a point israel doesn't think iran is playing by the rules and they're not going to wait to find out if it doesn't work out for them. when you go on a us sunday show and you're the prime minister or the president of another country, you have a message to convey and i think this was a very polite way for benjamin netanyahu to communicate to president barack obama and his administration that as far as he's concerned, the clock is ticking. that they want to do things with american help. they don't want to do anything that makes it appear as though
there's a riff. but if it's a choice between a rift and protecting israel as the prime minister sees it, they're going protect israeli. >> the president addressed this today. here's what president obama had to say about the situation in syria. >> today we're also working for a transition so the syrian people can have a better future, free of the assad regime. given the stockpiles of chemical weapons we'll make it clear to assad the world is watching and they'll be held accountable by the international community and the united states should they make the tragic mistake of using those weapons. >> syria acknowledged it's got the weapons now backing off saying they would only use them in attacked by a foreign source. do you think the president has drawn a strong enough line in the sand? >> the statement from the syrians they're not going to use these weapons is meaningless. all along they -- the civil war going on there is characterized
by the assad regime as an external threat of terrorism from the outside and they often accuse their own people battling them of being agents of other countries. so they will use them if they must and they have no problem with slaughtering their own. that's what we've seen in the last year. it was implicit in the prime minister's comments that they see syria as a proxy in war with iran. there's rising fear among the israelis that these chemical weapons will become a threat to them across the border and the administration is not doing enough in syria and not holding iran accountable for nuclear ambitions. we were polled and charles said he believes an attack from the israelis might come before the election, i think after. but i think i've changed my mind. he made it clear they have have
to act with or without our help. >> charles, what do you think is the impact of the prime minister statement? >> he's sending an issue. syria is a more pressing question because they've admitted what everybody knew, they have chemical and biological weapons. the problem for the israelis is when obama said it would be a tragic mistake if the regime used them for the israelis, the issue isn't the use of these weapons, that would be so reclues, it would be incomprehensible. the problem is assad might transfer the weapons to hezbollah. hezbollah is a client of iran as it the regime in syria, so the -- or even to iran. so what you're talking about here are weapons that will be in the hands of, for example, hezbollah, who are responsible for the attack last week in bulgaria, the slaughtering of
young israelis on a bus in bulgaria, whose leader declared his aim is not just construction of -- destruction of israel but the genocide of the jews in israel and this gives him the weaponry to destroy them in the hundreds of thousands. if the israelis have inkling of a transfer of weapons, israelis have teams and they will not wait for the un are or the russians or the united states. israelis will go in and either seize them or destroy them. it could be risky. these things are always risky. but there's nobody standing between a transfer of weapons into the hands of hezbollah other than the israelis. >> if are israel takes that action and steps out and tries to get its hands on the munitions, what does that do for the u.s.? force our hand? do we take a role in that? >> we take a hands off approach.
that's what the administration is done and what american politics calls for. we're war weary but if israel does this they'll get a lot of thanks from around the region and probably from the u.s. for taking this action. as charles mentioned, it's not even just the transfer of the weapons purposely, it's what happens if the regime falls, which, if you don't get ... expect, and who then takes over. who has possession of these weapons. this is a country on israeli's border. and this could cause a wider problem if israel feels it needs to defend itself against the new regime if there's an attack or if they feel they need to be proactive and if iran wants a client state relationship and this becomes a wider conflagration. >> one other factor that makes it more immediate threat, irance weaponized their chemical weapons. they have them on missiles.
all it takes is a push of a button add they end up in tel aviv in the tens of thousands. for israel, is isn't a slow transfer to hezbollah or iran or al-qaeda if the regime collapses, it could be instantaneous and that's why the israelis never wait. >> we know mitt romney is preparing to travel overseas. israel is one of the spots he's visiting. robert gibbs says there's a lot of pressure. is this a photo op or will we find out more about his foreign policy and where he stands? how much is riding on the trip? >> a lot. it's a great change of topic for mitt romney. he's had a rough couple of weeks answering attacks from the obama campaign. he wants to position himself on a world stage with an important ally at an important time of crisis for israel and affirm his support for israel. trying to create a contrast with president obama without criticizing him so strongly he
comes under fire for doing that when there's only one president and criticism stops at the water's edge. i imagine that's a struggle but they want him to make a few speeches that create his own vision of foreign policy that's separate from the visit. >> charles, can you answer quickly? >> probably not. >> relatively charles quickly. >> he will not saying anything that would attack obama or criticize the united states. it's not what he says. it's the choice of countries, britain, pole land and israel, all of which have been dissed by the obama administration with britain, and the united states intervening in the falcons dispute unnecessarily. with the undercutting of the missiles defense and with israel, the tension obama generated. all romney has to do is show up and that will make a statement.
i will stand with our friends and oppose our enemies and the implication will be unlike the president. >> all right. we'll leave it there. next up, following another colorado massacre, the politics of gun control. [ male announcer ] what if that hemorrhoid pain is non-stop to seattle? just carry preparation h totables. discreet, little tubes packed with big relief. from the brand doctors recommend most by name. preparation h totables. the anywhere preparation h. this is the plan that revolves around you. introducing share everything. unlimited talk. unlimited text. and a single pool of sharable data that powers up to 10 devices. the first pl of it's kind. share everything.
i hope that over the next several days, next several weeks and next several months we all reflect on how we can do something about some of the senseless violence that ends up marring this country. >> the president in colorado yesterday after visiting with families, victims and loved ones of the shooting there. talking about what comes next. let's talking about that.
gun control always surfaces as part of the conversation in the wake of tragedies. it doesn't seem from the white house or anywhere on capitol hill there's an appetite for reigniting that debate. >> i don't think so. the politics has been settled. when we did have debate over gun control in the 80s and early 90s you had republicans on one side who would side with the second amendment and not wanting to infringe upon that and a lot of democrats who were in favor of more gun control, bill clinton famously which helped lead to the 1994 republican revolution if you look at how the midterm played out. and ever since the 2000 election which was the last time a democratic candidate pushed for major gun control on the trail, most democrats who have been elected to office in washington have been very strong second amount advocates. they have come from culturally conservative areas, that's how the democrats built their 2006
house majority and senate majority. and have been just as pro second amendment as the republicans. while the nra gets credit and the lob lobbers are strong, you have democrats as well as republicans who have run saying they don't want to do anything more in terms of passing more gun control legislation. most famously, last cycle you had senator joe mansion from west virginia using a gun to shoot a poster of obama care on a tree. it's been settled and unless there's a public outcry, i don't think you'll see a change. >> one of the folks who has been a leader on discussing more control has been senator diane feinstein. i want to play what she had to say on "fox news sunday." >> we've got to sit down and really comes to grips with what is sold to the average citizen
in america. i have no problem with people being licensed buying a firearm. but these are weapons that you're only going to be using to kill people in close combat. >> this isn't an issue about guns, it's an issue about sick, demented individuals and it's a tragedy and i don't know there's a solution in washington to solve this problem. >> when she brings up the issue about the type of ammunition used, do you think that's a conversation some people are interested in having? >> well, david's right, not the democrats, the dwindling consult culturally conservative democrats, the voters themself who are rapidly supporting the republican party more and more as the years pass, president obama doesn't want to alienate any of the ones left. senator feinstein is speaking to an issue that president obama can only dance around now, which
is that none of the legally obtained easily purchased on line types of weapons that the colorado gunman bought or the volume of ammunition he stockpiled is used for sport. none of it is used for self-defense but president obama pointed to an editorial he wrote in an arizona paper as his clarifying statement this week, that he wrote a year ago after gabby giffords and constituents were shot saying he supports the protection of second right amendment rights that allow people to legally buy them. this suspect was not a criminal. he didn't have -- he bought everything legally and president obama supports what he did. he's not coming out and neither are other democrats to change those laws. >> one independent senator identified as an independent, joe lieberman said this afternoon some comments from him saying, nobody wants to take this on because, quote, the gun
lobby is that strong. >> the problem for lieberman is the gun lobby is the majority of the american people. the reason it's strong is because it represents overwhelming opinion in the united states. how do we know that? the president of the united states, who had a tremendous opening if he wanted to push the use of guns after a tragedy of this magnitude could have done it and he stayed away because it's a losing proposition. liberals want gun control, democrats don't. they normally overlap but not on this. democrats won't go near it because of the experience as we heard earlier, 1994, and they don't want to repeat that again. we're at the height of an election and they won't go near it. you're going to have discussion on talk shows and none in congress and nothing will happen in election. >> something else he mentioned was buying ammunition over the internet. he says it worries him because if that amount of ammunition is
being used and bought, it should be a concern and raising red flags about terrorism so there might be something done about online purchases. do you think there's an appetite for that segment of the argument? >> i don't know that there's going to be an appetite for it but i think at some time, if lawmakers want to talk about how you legally buy ammunition and guns, it's possible to have that discussion without it being damaging, if you make it clear that the issue is not the so much whether you can buy it but just the venue and the quantities. there have been voter approval for background checks and things of that nature, so i don't know that that's a problem. anything in reaction to this tragedy, people are walking gingerly because of the politics. >> just about ever day there's a new political ad and i you don't want to miss the latest
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>> shannon: finally tonight, another day, another new ad in the 2012 race for the white house. it's no secret the president has many celebrity supporters. and tonight one of them is rolling out a new ad in support of mr. -obama. >> i'm morgan freidman and i'm supporting barack obama because he possesses the measure of vision our great nation hungers for. and i oppose mitt romney because he is a no caffeine drinking dog car strapping weird name given android each of us so rich 493 houses is equipped with a toilet that cleanses his bum with thousand dollar bills. i am morgan freidman and i'm off my medication. [ laughter ] >> shannon: we are all for the record on our ms tonight. i don't know what you think about that.
493 homes. that's it for "special report," fair, balanced, and unafraid. >> shepard: this is the fox report. tonight, the death of a space pioneer. tonight, the life of the first woman in space sally rid. and dazed and disturbed. the movie massacre suspect in court. >> our first look at the accused killer as he faces a judge and victims of the massacre. >> i don't think he is hurting yet and i think he needs to. >> plus, the teenager who risked his own life to rescue a family. >> when i saw the two kids sitting there definitely my first reaction is i have got to help them out. >> shepard: word of a miracle amid all the heart break also the ncaa double a hits penn state with unprecedented.
>> football will never be put ahead with educating, nurturing young people. >> shepard: tonight, the reaction in happy valley. first from fox this monday night we got our first look at the suspect in the colorado movie massacre today. it was quite a sight. that's the joker hairdo we heard about last week but the joker is green so who knows. 24-year-old holmes looked daze and disturbed like he might dozen off. somebody in the courtroom told him you are no tough guy now. holmes is accused of killing 12 people and wounding 60 in the theater of aurora, colorado. after today's colossal court appearance they don't know whether he is taking medication. today his family spoke out through a lawyer. >> the family wants to reiterate that their hearts go out to the victims and their families. the holmes family would like to maintain their